That Was Gus Kenworthy's Ex -- Matthew Wilkas -- on 'And Just Like That'

Sunday January 30, 2022
Originally published on January 28, 2022

On the latest episode of the "Sex and the City"-reboot "And Just Like That," Anthony (Mario Cantone) asks Charlotte if he can bring a guest along to have dinner with at the York-Goldenblatt residence.

"Is it okay that I just started seeing to dinner Friday?" he asks.

"Of course," replies Charlotte, before quizzically asking. "Is he... appropriate for children?"

"I think so," Anthony responds. "I can't find his dick anywhere online... He's sexy, smart, always reading. I think he's read everything that's ever been published."

Cut to Friday night and Anthony's arrival with Justin (played by out actor Matthew Wilkas). Those expecting a Menza member, were likely appalled by what scriptwriters Michael Patrick King, Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky delivered.

When Charlotte instructs her husband Harry (Evan Handler) to take the challah out of the oven in 10 minutes, Justin asks, "Is this a Jewish dinner?"

Hearing Harry's affirmation, he adds: "You know the Holocaust is a hoax, right?"

Without missing a beat, Anthony screams "Get Out!" (which is becoming a meme). And just like that Wilkas was off the show.

As Ali Trachta in the weekly New York Times recap put it: "There is precisely one thing living rent free in my head, which I actually want to evict: The moment when Anthony's new beau casually states that the Holocaust is a hoax within seconds of entering the Goldenblatt home. It's hard to imagine that fringe conspiracy theory would be 1) embraced by and 2) brought up by any member of a marginalized community in a Jewish home in the middle of Manhattan in 2022."

Wilkas made no comment about his appearance on social media accounts (which are spotty at best with recent posts), so we have no idea what he thinks of his 15-seconds of infamy. But a bit of research suggests that he may be closer to the person Anthony described than the bonehead who delivered such an inappropriate line.

Wilkas is a 43-year-old actor and playwright, who in the latter role co-wrote (with American actor and playwright Mark Setlock) "Pageant Play," a satire about the world of child beauty pageants that was produced in July 2008 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. On stage he appeared in productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Huntington Theatre Company, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. In 2012, he was in the stage production "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" replacing main actor Matt Caplan. On television, he has appeared on such shows as "Ugly Betty" and "Looking;" but his best-known role was starring in the indie gay film "Gayby" in 2012, in which he fulfills a promise with his straight, female college bff to help her father a child.

In his personal life, Wilkas was Olympian Gus Kenworthy's boyfriend for four years. The couple met on Instagram in 2015, shortly after Kenworthy publicly came out. They amicably broke up in 2019. "Gus and Matt are taking time apart," a rep for the former couple told Us Weekly in 2019. "They love and support each other and remain close friends."

While little is known about Wilkas's current relationship status, Kenworthy made news recently when he revealed he's had a boyfriend for two years that he kept a secret. As reported by E! News, Kenworthy has been quietly dating CAA executive Adam Umhoefer. In fact, Umhoefer has been spotted cheering Kenworthy on during the X Games in Aspen last weekend, and he will be by his side during the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.